Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sin, sin go away. Don't come back ANY day.


I love the book of 1 John and skim through it fairly often. I may read a chapter here and there and contemplate on it. In doing so I came across a verse that God used to break me, but first let me say this. I have heard the term "carnal Christian" before and really wondered what that is. As far as opposites go these are 2 great examples. Carnal and Christian. WOW! What can we say to that? To many of us have been tricked into believing that we/others can live this and everything is ok. IT ISN'T according to scripture. The verse I was referring to earlier was:

5) You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.
6)No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.
1 John 3:5-6


This makes me think...well I still sin at times. Does that mean I don't belong to Him? No this doesn't mean this. This is what it means: I have often struggled with "certain" sins in the past. Over and over again I would commit them while running back to God. The grace God offers can't be taken advantage of like that and I knew it. I had to truly repent and turn from those sins. As the days went by I gradually saw my desire to commit them go away as I depended upon Christ. Christ did die to save us from the bondage of those sins. While committing them I felt I was a slave to them.

Well the Bible is clear that if we continue to sin then we are slaves to that sin which leads to death (Romans 6:16). That is a very sobering statement and it took God revealing that to me before I could fully realize what it meant. It meant to me that if I continue in this sin that I was abusing the blood that Christ shed for me. In short I was an enemy of God no matter what I spoke. That is how real this stuff is. There is no way we can commit the same sin day after day, over and over again and still belong to Him. Profession then becomes worthless.

Then you have this verse: 1 John 1:10
If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.

So we see that scripture says about us that there is still sin lurking. We as children of God should be able to say no to sin because Christ is our redeemer who redeemed us from that very sin. After Christ makes us a new creation we are to have a different relationship with sin. We aren't to enjoy them anymore PERIOD. We are to love righteousness as God does.

God has been making these spiritual principles very real to me lately as I look at things in my life that needs changes.
David Stapp

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Almost Time!

I look at the things going on around us. Such as the situations in Egypt and Libya. Also the battle for "gay-unions" they call marriage and, less and less people going to church, and morals becoming so loose. We are becoming desensitized daily to the blatant evil in front of our eyes. My wife and I have a 5 year old daughter. It is scary the absolute evil in this world that can "infect" her mind. I am not saying she is born perfect by any means, but children do have more of an innocence than adults. hence the reason Jesus says in
Matthew 18:3:
"Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven."
Going back to what I was saying, I meant typing. There are so many things that are happening around us and that influence us. We have to be rooted in Christ and teach our children the same. Otherwise we and our children will slowly but surely compromise truths in these last days. We are definitely heading towards the end times.
Jesus also said in Luke 21:28:
"But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."
BUT BEFORE WE CAN DO THIS WE HAVE TO ALSO HEED THE WORDS OF CHRIST!!
Luke 21:36 says:
"But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."


Praying to escape
David Stapp